John F. Brooks, Jr., 87, of Silver Ridge Park West section of Berkeley Twsp., NJ died on Wednesday August 15, 2018 at his home. John was born in Pittston, PA and lived in Colonia, NJ for over 30 years prior to retiring to Berkeley Twsp., NJ. A graduate of Snyder HS, Jersey City, he joined Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Newark, NJ as a Chemical Operator and rose through the ranks to Plant Manager for NL Industries before retiring. John is predeceased by his parents John F. Brooks, Sr. and Ellen Brooks, and daughter Evelyn C. Kozo. Surviving is his loving wife of 67 years Evelyn C. Brooks; his children John F. Brooks III and his wife Ellen of Toms River, NJ, Patricia A. Albretsen and her husband Gary of Barnegat, NJ; Christopher M. Brooks of Marlton, NJ , his 10 grandchildren – Richard, Thomas, and Melissa Kozo; Jennifer Manning and John Brooks IV; Michael and Matthew Albretsen; Christopher, Jason, and Christian “CJ” Brooks; 13 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandson. John had a great sense of humor, and was particularly “punny”! He enjoyed fishing on Swartswood Lake and camping in Belleplain State Forest. John was an avid Bridge player who also enjoyed poker, and the slots in AC, but his passion was the New York Yankees. His favorite player was “The Mick – Number Seven”! The funeral arrangements are under the auspices of Timothy E. Ryan and the staff of the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals 145 St. Catherine Blvd. Toms River, NJ. Committal will be private. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.
Domenica “Mimma” Esposito-Costagliola, 53, of Toms River, NJ died on Tuesday August 14, 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Domenica was born in Bacoli Naples, Italy and moved to Toms River, NJ in 1985. She was the co-owner and operator of Villa Amalfi Restaurant in Toms River, NJ. Domenica was a parishioner of St. Joseph RC Church in Toms River, NJ. Domenica is predeceased by her mother Maria (Merone) Scotto Di Vetta. Surviving is her father Carmine Scotto Di Vetta of Naples, Italy; her husband Andrea Esposito-Costagliola of Toms River, NJ; her children Antimo Esposito-Costagliola of Toms River, NJ, Rosaria Esposito-Costagliola and her husband Chris Shea of Toms River, NJ and Sara Ottaiano and her husband Tom of Red Bank, NJ; her siblings Antimo Scotto Di Vetta of Naples, Italy and Pasqualina Scotto Di Vetta of Naples, Italy and her grandchildren Lucia and Giuliana. Family will receive friends on Friday August 17, 2018 from 2-6pm at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals 145 St. Catherine Blvd. Toms River, NJ. A mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday August 18, 2018 at 10am at St. Joseph RC Church. Interment will follow to St. Joseph Cemetery in Toms River, NJ. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.
Edward W. Besko, 90, of Holiday City West section of Berkeley Twsp., NJ died on Sunday August 12, 2018 at Centra State Medical Center in Freehold, NJ. Edward was born in Harrison, NJ and lived in Spotswood, NJ before moving to Berkeley Twsp., NJ in 1996. He proudly served his country in the US Marine Corps. in the Korean Conflict as a Technical Sergeant. He then worked as a Lieutenant in charge of the Southeastern District of the NJ Highway Patrol. Afterward, Edward was a Supervisor in shipping and delivery for Huffman-Koos in Rahway, NJ, until his retirement. He was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, VFW and the Marine Corps League. Edward was a parishioner of St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church in Berkeley Twsp., NJ. Edward is predeceased by his parents Walter and Lola Besko and his wife Irene Besko. Surviving are his sons Edward D. Besko and his wife Karen, their children (Edward’s grandchildren) Edward A., Danielle and Michael Besko of Eastampton, NJ and Lawrence Besko and his husband Louis Cassi of Bonita Springs, Fl; his sister Mae Cumiskey of the Holiday Heights section of Berkeley Twsp., NJ; his brother-in-law Olaf Christiansen of Hudson, Fl; his Aunt Camille Bolcer of Ft. Worth, TX as well as several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends on Sunday August 19, 2018 from 2-5pm at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals 145 St. Catherine Blvd. Toms River, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Monday August 20, 2018 at 10:30am at St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church in Berkeley Twsp., NJ. Burial will follow to Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Marine Corps League. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.
Audrey Mary Garabics, 59, of Toms River, passed away peacefully on Saturday August 11th surrounded by her family. She loved spending time at the beach, with her pets, and with her granddaughter, Shay Elizabeth, who was the light of her life. She is predeceased by her parents Stanley Borow and Wanda Walewski and her sister Alfreda Ruziecki. She is survived by her daughter Aimee Garabics and her fiancé AJ Sherman; her daughter Stacey Cotter and son-in-law Travis Cotter and her beautiful granddaughter Shay Cotter; her loving brother Ronald Czarnecki; her beloved mother-in-law Lois Garabics; her best friend of 29 years Robyn Macrina and many friends and family. A memorial church service will be held on Saturday August 18th at 10AM at Faith Lutheran Church 1801 Grand Central Avenue, Lavallette, NJ, 08735, refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Faith Lutheran Church or Popcorn Park Zoo at www.ahscares.org or PO BOX 43 Forked River, NJ 08731. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.
Elizabeth “Betty” McGovern Burns, 95, of Holiday City at Berkeley, passed away peacefully Thursday, August 9, 2018. Born in Orange, NJ, she was a longtime resident of Orange before moving to Holiday City in 1985. Betty worked in Quality Control at Carol Dunham Smith Pharmaceuticals, Orange, then at Ivers-Lee Company in Newark. She was a parishioner of St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church, Berkeley Twp. Betty was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, her brother Francis “Frank” (World War II), her beloved sisters Mary and Helen, and nephew Robert. She is survived by her son and daughter in law Joseph and Jody, grandson Kevin (Joanne), nieces Janet, Suefrancis, Noreen (Robert), Joan (Michael), nephew James (Garry), special grandniece Kelly, and many grandnieces/nephews. She is also survived by many special people in her life, among them Bob and Joanne, Rose, Ted, and CC who were always there when she needed them. The family is especially thankful for the loving care she received from her care giver Esther. The family will receive friends Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:00am – 11:00am at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 145 St. Catherine Blvd., Toms River. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be offered at 11:30am in St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church, 130 St Maximilian Lane, Toms River, N.J. 08757. Entombment to follow at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St Maximillian Kolbe church in her memory.